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Colorado Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Breckenridge Rafting Trips

When most people think about Breckenridge, Colorado, they think skiing but Breckenridge has so much more to offer visitors. There’s great biking, hiking, horseback riding and fly fishing, plus year-round shopping and dining along Breckenridge’s charming Victorian Main Street. But perhaps the most fun warm-weather activity available in Breckenridge is Colorado white water rafting trips.

Options In Breckenridge for Whitewater Rafting Trips

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From Breckenridge, Colorado white water rafting trips are close, convenient, fun and one of the best ways to experience the Rocky Mountains. Not far from Breckenridge there are four fabulous rivers to choose from, most of which offer half-day and full-day white water rafting trips. You’ll find choices that are appropriate for beginners, intermediate rafters and expert whitewater enthusiasts. Highside Adventure Tours offers the following Breckenridge rafting choices:

Blue RiverThe most convenient white water rafting trip begins in Breckenridge. The Blue River is Summit County’s only whitewater river and one of the few opportunities for high country river rafting in the state. Exquisitely scenic, our Blue River rafting trip boasts gorgeous views of some of the highest peaks in Colorado, including the mountains in the stunning Gore Range. This half-day adventure is a great Breckenridge rafting trip.

Clear Creek — Clear Creek is the next most convenient choice for Breckenridge, Colorado white water rafting trips. This trip starts out about 50 minutes east of Breckenridge in the historic mining town of Idaho Springs and offers full- and half-day rafting trips for all ages and all levels. Our Clear Creek page describes all your whitewater rafting options. You’ll find fun combination trips such as half day rafting followed by a tour of a historic mine, a half-day raft trip followed by a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs of the Indian Springs resort or a half-day Vail Pass bike ride followed by a river run.

The Colorado RiverThis Breckenridge rafting adventure meets at our basecamp on the town’s Main Street. Together, we drive roughly an hour to our remote canyon put-in. The Colorado River is one of the classic rivers in the United States. Starting high in the Colorado Rockies, and eventually flowing through the Grand Canyon, the Colorado is the setting for some great mountain and canyon scenery, natural hot springs and old pioneer cabins.

Arkansas River — This Breckenridge rafting trip starts about 1.25 hours south of Breckenridge in Buena Vista, Colorado. Buena Vista means “beautiful view” in Spanish, and they’re not kidding! The 14,000-foot Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River valley are simply beautiful. Along with the thrill of rafting the most popular commercial river in the U.S., the surroundings help make the trip even more worthwhile. Buena Vista is a town worth visiting as well; don’t miss the two fabulous hot springs just outside of town. We offer full- and half-day Arkansas River whitewater rafting trips for all levels and all ages.

Other Breckenridge-Area Activities

In addition to convenient Breckenridge, Colorado white water rafting trips, the area has much to offer. For hardcore mountain bikers to leisurely riders, there are lots of great biking trips available. The Peaks Trail from Breckenridge to Frisco is known as one of the best singletrack mountain biking trails in the country, and it makes for a great downhill hike. The excellent Summit County bike path system includes a path around beautiful Lake Dillon which frequently reflects Colorado’s breathtaking blue skies and is surrounded by the high peaks of Summit County. Breckenridge Colorado whitewater rafting

Additionally, the Vail Pass Downhill Bike trip offers 14 miles of downhill bliss on a scenic trail that winds along Tenmile Creek and through Copper Mountain Resort. This is a ride not to miss!

A charming, Victorian-era mountain town with much of the architecture from its mining past still preserved, Breckenridge offers wonderful shopping, browsing, eating and lodging; boating and sailing on nearby Lake Dillon; plus a number of special events such as music festivals, art shows, beer tasting, a barbecue challenge and more. Breckenridge offers something for everyone in the family; just be sure to include a Breckenridge rafting trip in your plans!

Summit County is one of the most scenic counties in Colorado. To many, Summit County IS Colorado’s high country, home to four world-class ski resorts and some of the highest mountain peaks in Colorado. Though Summit County’s reputation was made by its world-class ski mountains — Arapahoe Basin, Copper, Keystone, Breckenridge and Vail are just minutes away — Summit County’s warm weather outdoor activities are just as fabulous. Join us in Breckenridge for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fly fishing, boating and the don’t-miss thrill of Summit County, Colorado white water rafting trips.

Contact us today for more information about things to do during your stay in Breckenridge!


Local Adventure Trips

Royal Gorge Full Day

Royal Gorge Full Day
Here the Arkansas River flows through the 1,100-foot-deep Royal Gorge, one of Colorado’s most popular natural wonders. While you are catching your breath between the incredible Class IV-V rapids, you can take in the stunning beauty of the gorge. At high flows (May-July) this trip is almost non-stop whitewater, and not for the faint of heart. The Royal Gorge is recommended highly for aggressive paddlers who are in good physical shape and know how to swim. This trip includes our famous BBQ lunch, prepared by your guide.
  • Class: 3/5
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Cost: $105 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM – Call 970-402-6081
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Royal Gorge
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Clear Creek Raft 1/3 Day Beginner

Clear Creek Raft 1/3 Day Beginner
Perfect for beginners, this 1/3-day trip offers lots of rapids and fun while floating through the historic mining town of Idaho Springs. A wonderful choice for families and large groups with varying abilities, the Clear Creek Beginner trip offers the perfect taste of whitewater.
  • Class: 2/3
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / over 50 lbs.
  • Cost: $39 per person
  • Trip Times: 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM
  • Meeting Time:  45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Intermediate

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Intermediate
Great for experienced paddlers or aggressive first timers, this half day trip offers nonstop whitewater, and is a great way to get a taste of what challenging whitewater is all about. Running such rapids as Nomad and Outer Limits, this section is sure to get your blood flowing.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 14
  • Cost: $52 per person
  • Trip Times: 8AM, 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM
  • Meeting Time:  45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Advanced

Clear Creek Raft 1/2 Day Advanced
The advanced 1/2-day trip is for experienced paddlers only. With very little time to warm up, rafters drop right into Class IV-V whitewater that is fast and wild. A Clear Creek Advanced 1/2 day is a great way to get the adrenaline flowing, and it’s the closest, most exciting option for those in the Denver and Summit County areas.
  • Class: 4/5
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Cost: $68 per person
  • Time: 9AM, 1PM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs

Numbers Full Day

Numbers Full Day
This extreme and continuous stretch of Class V water is for experienced and aggressive paddlers only. With almost 6 miles of continuous Class IV+ rapids, the Numbers is one of the toughest commercially run sections of whitewater in the United States. It’s not for everyone, but for those who take the challenge, it’s the trip of a lifetime! Rafters looking to run the Numbers must have previously rafted Class IV or V rapids, be in good physical condition, and be able to swim.
  • Class: 3/5
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Cost: $108 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM
  • Meeting Time:  45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
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Blue River 1/3 Day Adventure

Blue River 1/3 Day Adventure
This gem of a river is Summit County's best kept secret! Alpine scenery is highlighted with stunning views of the Gore Range. As this rushing river narrows, you’ll plunge into two miles of continuous whitewater, requiring some light paddling and fun times for all. Due to its short running season please call for reservations.
  • Class: 2/3
  • Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 6 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Cost: $39 per person
  • Trip Time: 9AM, 12PM, 3PM – Call 877-ZIP-RAFT
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Frisco
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Narrows & Browns Canyon 2 Day

Narrows & Browns Canyon 2 Day
Set out on your first day for an exciting river rafting trip through the continuous rapids of the Narrows. Set up camp alongside the Arkansas River and relax with the smells of a gourmet dinner under the stars. Do not worry, we take care of all the cooking! Wake up to a hearty breakfast the next morning and get ready for an exciting full day in Brown’s Canyon. All meals are included. Camping gear rentals can be arranged.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Cost: $325 per person
  • Trip Time: 10AM – Call 970-402-6081
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista
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Browns Canyon Half Day

Browns Canyon Half Day
A classic, this ½-day trip is one of the best in all of America. Granite canyon walls and fourteen-thousand-foot peaks are the backdrop for challenging rapids such as Pinball, Zoom Flume, Big Drop and others. Take a couple hours out of your day and explore one of the most classic whitewater stretches in Colorado.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Adult Cost: $49
  • Child Cost: $44 (12 and under)
  • Trip Times: 10AM, 2PM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista

Browns Canyon Full Day

Browns Canyon Full Day
This is the most popular full-day trip in Colorado, and for good reasons. Excellent for first-timers and experienced rafters alike, this pool-and-drop stretch of river is fun for just about everyone. Raft Browns Canyon and tackle classic rapids such as Zoom Flume, Widow Maker and Siedel’s Suck Hole. This collection of rapids makes Browns Canyon one of the best Class III-IV river runs in all of America. For lunch, we will stop in the canyon to enjoy a steak and chicken BBQ lunch, prepared on the spot by your guide.
  • Class: 3/4
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 7 yrs. / 50 lbs.
  • Adult Cost: $86
  • Child Cost: $76 (12 and under)
  • Trip Time: 10AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Buena Vista

Upper Colorado Duckie 3/4 Day

Upper Colorado Duckie 3/4 Day
Take charge of your Colorado River adventure and be the captain of your own inflatable kayak. The mighty Colorado offers a few Class II rapids as well as spectacular views and wonderful history. With natural hot springs, countless swimming holes, prehistoric dinosaur tracks, and a boxed lunch included, it’s a great way to spend a day in the Colorado sunshine.
  • Class: 2
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Minimum Age: 14 yrs.
  • Cost: $78 per person
  • Trip Time: 11AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Breckenridge
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Upper Colorado 3/4 Day Float Trip

Upper Colorado 3/4 Day Float Trip
Take time for a leisurely float along the Upper Colorado River. The mighty Colorado is a relaxing float trip with spectacular views and wonderful history. With natural hot springs, countless swimming holes, prehistoric dinosaur tracks, and a boxed lunch included, it’s a great way to spend a relaxing day in the Colorado sunshine.
  • Class: 2
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Minimum Age: 4 yrs. or 40 lbs.
  • Cost: $78 per person
  • Trip Time: 11AM
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Breckenridge
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Vail Pass Shuttle Downhill Ride

Vail Pass Shuttle Downhill Ride
Hop a shuttle to the very top of Vail Pass at an elevation of 10,666 feet! The Colorado Rockies rise in every direction totally surrounding you as you ride downhill on a smooth, paved bike path. Trips depart from our convenient location on 6th Ave & Main St. in Frisco, CO.
  • Cost: $35.00 per person includes bike rental, helmet, shuttle service to Vail Pass

Zipline Canopy Tour

Zipline Canopy Tour
Soar above the treetops and cross the river three times among wooden towers on this trip that also highlights Idaho Springs’ gold mining history. No experience necessary but be ready to gain some height! The tallest in our eight-tower course is over 65 feet. With over 5,000 feet of zipline cable, you are bound to leave with a smile!
  • Requirements: 48 inches tall and 65 to 250 pounds. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost: $89 per person
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
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Zipline & Intermediate Raft Trip

Zipline & Intermediate Raft Trip
Save $25 off Rafting! This trip combines the Clear Creek Zipline Canopy Tour with an Intermediate whitewater raft trip on Clear Creek that is great for experienced paddlers or aggressive first-timers. Soar among evergreen treetops on the zipline tour, and look down over the roaring rapids you will paddle through! The river below offers nonstop whitewater, and is a great way to get a taste of what challenging whitewater is all about.
  • River Class: 3/4
  • Raft Requirements: 14 yrs. old
  • Zip Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 250 lbs.
  • Cost: $126 per person
  • Trip Times: 10AM, 2PM (raft trip times)
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
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Clear Creek Zip & Beginner Raft Trip

Clear Creek Zip & Beginner Raft Trip
Save $22 Off Rafting! This trip combines the Clear Creek Zipline Canopy Tour with a Beginner river raft trip on Clear Creek that offers lots of rapids and fun while floating through the historic mining town of Idaho Springs. A wonderful choice for families, and large groups, with varying abilities, the Clear Creek Special Beginner trip offers the perfect taste of zipping and whitewater.
  • River Class: 2/3
  • Raft Minimum: 7 yrs. / over 50 lbs.
  • Zip Requirements: 48" tall & 65 to 250 lbs. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cost: $116 per person
  • Trip Times: 11AM, 3PM (raft trip times)
  • Meeting Time: 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Meeting Location: Idaho Springs
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